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April Conference Discusses Strategic Areas of Russia’s Development

April Conference Discusses Strategic Areas of Russia’s Development

The XVIII April International Academic Conference has kicked off at Higher School of Economics (HSE). This major event includes expert discussions on the strategic problems facing Russia’s economic and social development. Representatives of the Russian Government will take part in the debates.

The expert and roundtable discussions are based on analyses prepared by the Centre of Strategic Studies (CSS). On April 11, Alexei Kudrin, Chairman at CSS, is speaking on the prospects for Russian economic growth. The discussants for his presentation include Anton Siluanov, Russian Minister of Finance, Ksenia Yudaeva, First Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of Russia, Alexander Shokhin, President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and President of HSE, among others.

On the same day, the conference participants will discuss the problems of technological development (keynote speaker: Vladimir Knyaginin, Vice President at CSS). Other important speakers include Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Vassily Osmakov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, and Andrey Fursenko, Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation.

Sergey Sinelnikov-Murylev, Rector of the Russian Foreign Trade Academy, will speak on issues regarding inter-budgetary relations. This discussion will be joined by Leonid Gornin, Deputy Minister of Finance, and Vladimir Lisin, Chairman of the Board of Directors at NLMK Group, as well as representatives of the City of Moscow and the Moscow Regional Government.

The first day of expert discussions will finish with the roundtable discussion ‘The State and Economic Development’ with the participation of Anton Siluanov, Alexei Kudrin, Maxim Oreshkin, Minister of Economic Development, Tatiana Golikova, Head of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, Yaroslav Kuzminov, HSE Rector, and other experts.

On April 12, discussions will be held with a focus on the problems of Russian education (keynote speaker: Isak Froumin, Academic Supervisor at the HSE Institute of Education), social policy (Lilia Ovcharova, HSE Director for Social Studies, will make a presentation, and Maxim Topilin, Russian Minister of Labour and Social Security, is expected to participate), and health care (Sergey Shishkin, Director of the HSE Centre for Health Policy, is presenting a paper).

On the following day, experts in public administration will get together to discuss a presentation by Maria Shklyaruk, Head of Institutions and Society at CSS. Furthermore, experts in international relations and trade will be discussing Russia’s position in the global economy (a major paper shall be presented by Natalia Ivanova, First Deputy Director at the RAS Institute of World Economy and International Relations).

Online broadcasts of the expert discussions are available at the conference website.

The academic part of the April Conference includes 35 topical sections and 240 discussion sessions in various areas of social studies.

The April Conference is Russia’s biggest and most globally renowned academic forum in social and economic sciences. During this event, HSE becomes a major platform for dialogue between scholars and practicing professionals, government representatives, the business community and researchers, as well as leading Russian and international experts. In addition, this exchange of ideas has a particular focus on academic research related to the most relevant problems of the state and society. Evgeny Yasin, Academic Supervisor of HSE, heads the Conference Organizing Committee.

See also:

Russia’s Middle Class: Who Are Its Members and How Do They Spend Their Money?

The HSE Centre for Studies of Income and Living Standards studied the dynamics of the middle class and its behaviour with regard to paid services. The study was based on data drawn from the HSE Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS-HSE) for the years 2000 to 2017, and the results were presented at the 20th April International Academic Conference hosted by HSE.

Reproductive Evolution: How Birth Rates Are Changing in Post-Soviet Countries

Reproductive behavior is modernizing at different rates in post-Soviet countries. Things are changing faster in Russia, Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine, where, over the last fifteen years, the average maternity age has increased and the contribution of women in their thirties to their countries’ birthrates has grown. Meanwhile, old reproductive patterns persist in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, where firstborns are usually born to parents under 30, demographers Vladimir Kozlov and Konstantin Kazenin note in a paper delivered at HSE’s XX April International Academic Conference.

Live Long There and Prosper: How Internal Migration from Small Towns Works

More than half of school graduates in medium-sized Russian cities will change their place of residence either forever or at least for a long time. According a report on internal migration presented by HSE demographers at the XX April International Academic Conference, these people are lost to their cities.

What Drives Innovation in Russian Companies

As part of the Management session of the XX April International Conference, Carl F. Fey from Aalto University School of Business, Finland, presented his paper on Facilitating Innovation in Companies in Russia: The Role of Organizational Culture. In his talk, Professor Fey spoke about the results of three studies he has been conducting with his team.

‘In a Digital Environment, the Role of Human Teachers Only Becomes More Important’

How does digital technology affect the behavior and health of schoolchildren? What opportunities does it proved teachers and school administrators? These and other issues were discussed by participants in the plenary session ‘Children’s Wellbeing in the Digital Age’ at the XX April International Scientific Conference of HSE.

‘Statistics Should Be Available and Comprehensible to Everyone’

Implementing a digital analytical platform, opportunities for Big Data, and other prospects for the development of Russian statistics were discussed by participants at a plenary session of the XX April International Academic Conference.

Can Youth Bullying Ever Be Eradicated?

Dr. Dorothy Espelage (University of Florida) presented a comprehensive account of her research into youth bullying spanning more than two decades in an invited paper ‘Prevention & Intervention of Youth Bullying and other Forms of Youth Aggression: Research Informed Strategies’ at the XX April International Academic Conference.

‘To Achieve Our Goals, We Need to Involve a Wide Range of Universities in National Projects’

The role of regional and industrial institutions of higher education in achieving national development goals must increase, and leading universities will help them. This was the conclusion reached by participants of the plenary session on Russian higher education that took place as part of the XX April International Academic Conference.

How to Boost Russian Food Exports

The plenary session ‘Strategy of Russian Presence at Global Food Markets’ took place as part of HSE University’s XX April International Academic Conference, where participants discussed the prospects for Russian agricultural exports to Asia, as well as the use of nonconventional investment models, such as Islamic financial tools.

‘The President is Focused on Increasing the Birth Rate and Reducing Poverty by Half’

National objectives for social development, as well as existing risks and opportunities in implementing these objectives were discussed by participants of HSE International April Conference.